Earlier this season, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was seen jawing with Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor. Rice was then slapped on the side of the helmet by Taylor, who later hinted at the fact that he was spit on by Rice. Now, Rice is claiming that never happened, and if it did, it wasn’t intentional. With lack of evidence to prove that he did, Rice wasn’t fined or disciplined.
“It was two guys jawing at each other,” Rice said Wednesday, via ESPN. “I had my mouthpiece in, so when I went to say something back to him it looked as if I projected toward him. But I had my mouthpiece in. I was saying something, he was saying something. Obviously, that’s what happened. We’ll leave it at that.”
“Phil Taylor is a great young player,” Rice said. “He’s coming along very well and he’s making plays in their running game. He’s a dominant force. I have tremendous respect for him. As long as I’m in the AFC North, it looks like we’ll be going at each other two times a year.”
“I got to keep my head level in those situations,” Rice said. “I don’t ever want to feel myself in a situation where it seems like me and this guy has problems. I don’t have a problem with him. But you know what, guys talk. It’s part of their game. I really don’t want to be a part of mine. I’ll do my best to channel my emotions.”